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Granville Central School District

A passionate speech from a Granville Junior/Senior High School parent addressed her concerns with alleged drug use and “inappropriate” actions within the school at the Oct. 12 Board of Education meeting.

Using only her first name, a parent named Monica attended her first school board meeting to voice her two-year-long concerns involving her high school-level daughter, who Monica said is doing and accessing drugs within the school building.

“I’m here this evening because I found out this is the place where I can address problems, concerns. I’m trying very hard to control my anger knowing what’s going on behind these walls. I would like to know what is being done about the drugs that are going on in this school. The smoking the marijuana, the vaping the nicotine,” Monica said to the board.

“I found a number of things in my daughter’s backpack, and also, she was in trouble for doing something she should not be doing in the bathroom. There should be more supervision going on in the bathroom because that’s where students do inappropriate things like dying their hair, smoke the marijuana and vape the nicotine.

According to the Granville Central School District “Policy” section for both students and staff, last updated on its website in 2019, “smoking and vaping are prohibited on school grounds; within 100 feet of the entrances, exits, or outdoor areas of any of the district’s schools; and/or at any school-sponsored event or activity that occurs off school grounds.”

Multiple signs can be found across the district’s buildings reinforcing the message of prohibition.

As of March 2020, cannabis is legal to be consumed and possessed in the state of New York to a limit of three ounces.

District policies 6150 and 7320 state a Junior/Senior High School counselor as being a designated individual (by the superintendent) to confidentially refer an individual combating substance use and/or abuse to assistive resources.

In a follow-up phone call with superintendent Tom McGurl, McGurl declined to comment on Monica’s statement, but chose to speak on the “societal problem” across the country of drugs and vaping.

“In general, vaping and marijuana use is a problem in every school… we absolutely address it,” McGurl said. “I think we’re always looking at supervision and where we’re good at it and where we need it.”

Monica informed the board that she had conversations with multiple parents of high school students who were “clueless” to the situation.

“They don’t know that this is a problem,” she said to the board. “I would just like to know what your intentions are, what your plans are because this is now the second year that this has been a problem for my daughter.”

Board president Audrey Hicks took the time to acknowledge Monica’s thoughts and said McGurl and principal Lisa Meade would be more than willing to have a conversation with Monica to learn more details on the situation.

“I thank you for your concerns and your comments and certainly what you have brought to our attention needs to be investigated,” Hicks said.

Meade proceeded to retrieve contact information from Monica to schedule a future meeting before the monthly meeting continued.